January 4, 2007 19:00
A reoccurring theme seems to be resonating from the Denny’s Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour. The two-week holiday break has apparently helped numerous bowlers return to form in the 2007 H&R Block Classic at the National Bowling Stadium.
One of those bowlers, Patrick Allen, swept Steve Jaros (Yorkville, Ill.), four-games-to-none, in Friday’s Round of 16 to advance to Saturday’s Round of 8. It was the second consecutive sweep for the No. 10 seed after he defeated Mike Edwards (Tulsa, Okla.) in the Round of 32. Allen, whose best finish this season in a standard event is 12th in the 2006 Lake County Indiana Classic, credited an equipment switch over the break for his return to form this week.
“I was having my worst year in six years, so I decided to throw different balls,” said the Wesley Chapel, Fla., native, who was the 2004-05 PBA Player of the Year. “I left the company I was with the first half of the year and have gone back to a company that I used to be with. I had to go back to what was right for me.”
Allen will face No. 31 Chris Loschetter (Avon, Ohio), who advanced by defeating No. 15 Tommy Jones (Simpsonville, S.C.), 4-2.
No. 1 Jason Couch also advanced with two consecutive sweeps Friday. Couch (Clermont, Fla.) first ran the table on No. 32 Jeff Carter (Springfield, Ill.) before wiping out No. 16 Mike Wolfe (New Albany, Ind.).
Couch will face No. 8 Brian Kretzer (Dayton, Ohio), who defeated No. 24 Steve Rogers (Bourbonnais, Ill.).
The Round of 8 match-ups will feature No. 22 Ryan Shafer, who has already made three TV appearances this season, taking on a PBA Hall of Famer in No. 30 Pete Weber, and No. 5 Walter Ray Williams Jr., also a PBA Hall of Famer, facing an amateur from the Denny’s PBA Tour Qualifying Round in No. 4 Patrick Flynn III.
The top four advance to Sunday’s live ESPN televised finals at 10 a.m. PST at The National Bowling Stadium. The winner will take home $25,000 and a one-season Denny’s PBA Tour exemption.
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